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TIIE KINGS OF GREECE.
black hair in
strong, well-buil', man, with a
Telamon truly was a tulke full faire, 3780 Blake horit, aboue breghis and other
beautiful; his Serklyt of hom seluyn, semly with all.
ringlets over his A Sotell man of song with mony sere notys, brow; a great
lover of music. And mellit hym with musike & myrthes also. 3784 He was doughty of dedys, derfe of his hond;
Pompe and proude wordis ay be prinse hated.
of the Greeks; 3788 And falsest in his fare, and full of disseit.
none could equal Vndertaker of treyne, of talkyng but litill,
him in eloquence. Neuer myrth in his mouthe meuyt with tong: Sad of his semblaundes, sober of chere.
(fol. 59 6.) 3792 And of facound fairest with a fre speche,
He hade no make of þo men in meuyng of wordye.
doughty was Stronge of his stature, stithe in his armys, 3796 Brode in his brest, byg in his shulders,
He was false, With a loke þat was laithe like out of wit.
cruel, quarrelffals of his forward, felle of his hond,
some, lecherous, A derffe man in dede, dyssirus of batell. 3800 Vnsober with seruaundes, sorofull in hert,
Dredfull in dole for dissait þat he vsit.
And mony harmes hepit for hete of his loue. 3804 Off Duke Nestor to deme, doughty in werre, Nestor, the brave
and wise, was He was long & large, with lemys full grete. tall, strong, and
well-built; A ffreike þat was fre, and a feire speiker, truthful, trusty,
Wise in his wordys, witté of counsaille ; 3808 Tru of his trowthe, tristy to loue,
Meke of his maners malise to pese ;
But he lengit not long in his lothe hate ; 3812 ffaithfull of frendship to frekys þat he louyt,
The hertist to helpe of all the high kynges.
THE KINGS OF GREECE.
warrior of fino
Semely for sothe, & of Syse faire. 3816 Doughty of dedis, derfe of his hondes,
None wighter in werre, ne of wille bettur. Neoptolemus the
Neptolon nobill was non of þe lest : noble, a tall, staid man, with hard,
A store man of stature, stabill of chere. black, prickly hair ; large gray 3820
His here was hard blake, on his hede stode. eyes and grim;
Grete Ene and gray, with a grym loke.
His shulders were shapon of a clene brede. shouldered, and beetle browed, 3824 Bytell browet was the buerne, þat aboue met;
And stutid full stithly, þat stynt hym to speke;
(fol. 60 a.)
Palamedes, son of Nauplius, King of Eubea, was of middle size, wellbuilt, bold, and daring; a noble story-teller, courteous and kind.
Podalirius, huge, fat, and "plooked" as a porker; his feet had burden enough to “fer ke hym aboute."
ffor to comyn in a case hade a clere wit.
Naulus son pe nobill kyng, & his next childe.
Large of a lenght, lyuely & small,
A stythe man of his stature, stirond of wille,
Nobill talker with tales, tretable alse,
Polidarius was pluccid as a porke fat,
So bolnet was his body, pat burthen hade ynoghe 3840 The fete of þat freke to ferke hym aboute,
Or stond vppo streght for his strong charge.
He wold not gladly be glad, ne glide into myrthe; 3844 But euermore ymaginand & entrond in thoghtes.
Machaon the mody kyng was of a mene stature,
Proude & presumptins, prouyt of wille,
Neuer slept þat slegh for slouthe vppon day.
Machaon, brother of Podalirius, was of mean stature, proud and presumptuous,
THE KING AND PRINCES OF TROY.
Dares in his dytyny duly pus tellus,
oper, 3852 Of Perse come the proude kyng with pepull full The king of Persia
with a great band mony,
of soldiers and
a company of And a company of knightes comly to se,
knights. bat tellis his Atyre & his triet strenght.
He was large, & long, & of lene shap, 3856 With a face somwhat fat, fellist of colour.
The here of þat hathell was huet as þe fire,
active man, of fair feature and
Of the tulkes of Troy telle we now ferre, or the Trojan 3860 Bothe of mesure & mykyll whille I mynde haue,
As breuyt is in boke and aboue set,
(fol. 60 b.) Priam þe prise kyng was of pure shap,
Priam the king
was a tall, noble, 3864 A large man & a longe, liuely & small.
A faire man in feturs & hade of furse stenyn. commanding
Delited to the deuer on dayes be tyme. 3868 Noght ferfull, ne furse, faueret full wele,
Louet he no lede þat lustide in wrange ;
Songis of solemnite and songes of myrthe 3872 He wold herkon full hertely in his high wit. Was neuer kyng vnder cloude his knightes more Never was a king
more beloved by louet,
his knights, &c. Ne gretter of giftes to his goode men,
Ne lellier louyt ledys of his aune, 3876 Ne with Riches so Rife rewardet his pepull.
Of all his sones for sothe, þat semely were
The noblest and
bravest of his sons As Ector, pe eldist, & aire to hym seluyn. was Hector. 3880 He was truly in his tyme tristiest of other
THE PRINCES OF TROY.
He stuttered a
pat leuit in any londe, & a litle he stotid.
Massive and tall, Troy never bred his equal : he was so ready, so good, and so powerful.
(fol. 61 a.)
All Auntres in Armys, þat he euer raght : 3884 Non so stuerne þat withstode a stroke of his
honde. He was massy & mekull, made for þe nonest, Neuer Troy no tyme soche a tulke bred,
So graithe, ne so good, ne of so gret myght.
He spake neuer dispituosly, ne spiset no man ;
Ne sagh, þat was vnsemond, slipped hym fro, 3892 But ay meke as a maydon, & mylde of his speche.
Neuer hatfull to hym to hygh into batell,
Here huet on his hede as haspis of silke,
He was bowman þe best, bolde with a speire,
ffull siker at asaye, & a sad knight,
Deffebus was doughty & derfe of his hond,
Elenus, the eldist euyn after hym.
Bothe of hyde & of hew to hede of a mykell;
Paris, a pert knight with silken, glossy hair,
was a famous archer and bunter.
Deiphobus the third son and Helenus the fourth, were very much alike in features;
and in form both were very like their father.
The one was
The ton fro pe tother was tore for to ken 3912 In sight at þat sodan, somyn & pai were.
The fourme of þo freikes was, faithfully to se,
Vndifferent to deme fro þere dere fader, 3916 Saue Priam the prise was past into eld,
And þai of yeris full yong, zenerus of wille.
A wight man for to wale, & wise of his dedis; 3920 The tother, sotele of syense to seke in a lond,
And a corius clerke with a clene wit.
Troilus was tall,
massive, and ffull massely made, & of mayn strenght; strong; brave,
reckless, and 3924 And yet hoger of hert & of her wille,
He demenyt well his maners,& be mesure wroght. mannerly and
And delited hym in dole with damsels ofte ; 3928 But he mesuret his maners, þof he be myrth vsid,
bat it impairyt not his person, ne his purpos
lettid. In strenght ne in stryfe bere strokes were delte, in battle he was
almost equal to He was Ector eftsones, or ellis soche another. 3932 In all the kyngdome & cuntre, þat to be coron
Eneas was euermore eger of wille, 3936 Brode in his brest, & of body litill.
ättle; he was
skilful, wise, Wise in his werkes, & of wordys sober,
meek; A faire speiker in a spede, speciall of wit,
A clene man of counsell, with a cloise hert, 3340 Of litterure & langage lurnyt ynoghe.
A man full of mekenes & mery of his chere.
had fine bright
eyes slightly Glemyt as pe glasse and gliet a little.
asquint, and was 3944 Of all the tulkes of Troy, to telle þem by name, Troy.
Æneas the eager, broad-chested but
the richest man in